Toy Aisle Trolls > Mess-It’s (a)

Toy Aisle Trolls is a feature highlighting acts of vandalism to in-store toy items. If you find a ruined package, a stolen figure, a swapped-out figure, or any other such acts, take a photo (cell phone photos are fine if they’re not blurry) and email them to poe AT poeghostal.com.

Today’s T.A.T. comes courtesy of Poester AFOS:

Writes AFOS:

My local Toys R Us have sold out of Mezco’s Mez-Its with the exception of Perseus from Clash of the Titans. Those have been shelfwarming for awhile now. The other day I was walking by them when I finally paid attention and noticed something odd. One of the Perseus-us (Persei?) was in a Beetlejuice package. And another was in a Freddy Kreuger package. I took a closer look and it was obvious the boxes had been opened and poorly resealed. I’m not sure why someone would do this. The only reason I can imagine is possibly because the Perseus Mez-Its are cheaper than the other ones. Anything to save a few pennies I guess.

OK, so obviously this is yet another example of a troll saving a few measly bucks…but I’m having a hard time getting past the idea that AFOS’s local TRU is sold out of Mez-Itz. Are these things really that popular? My local TRU has a ton of them, along with Mighty Muggs and the other similar mass market vinyls.

I much preferred the old Mez-Its, with their smaller size (though that’s returning soon) and their unique sculpting. But apparently I’m in the minority?

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  • If a turd mated with a douche, this guy is what would be the end result.

    I'm kind of tired of the whole Urban-Vinyl designer toy crazy. Mind you I still think they're neat and as a niche market it works nicely, but it seems like everyone's tried to capitalize on it and they've overdone it.

  • @PrfktTear

    If a turd mated with a douche…would that be a doucheturd or a turdouche?

    And I think it's time for a Toy Vigilante to patrol the toy aisles for these trolls.

    I'm curious to know the actual numbers on how much money the stores actually lose due to this type of theft. If it's a significant amount, then I'd ask why they haven't made a more concerted effort to stop it.

  • @ PrfktTear:

    nobody's making people buy these things man. i'm right there with you in seeing them as symptomatic of some kind of psychological disorder, but there it is…

    for the record, at my local TRU, these are likewise peg warming so hard, snooki could use them to tan.

  • @DayRaven: I meant to say that I'm tired of the Urban-Vinyl designer toy craze. I don't think there are any sort of psychological disorders involved. I happen to love things that are cute & plastic myself.

    I meant to say that a lot of companies have caught onto the designer toy trend and have sorta exploited something that was once fresh & original. I have to admit I thought they were cool at first, I even got an Optimus Prime Mighty Muggs figure. Now I'm just tired of seeing them.

    @Zach: I really don't know if there is a solution. Whatever you want to call this, its theft and *WE* are the ones who pay for it in the end.